By Mike Pearson, News staff
Josephine Lambert is living her dream twice in a lifetime.
After showing her two prized basset hounds at last year’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show, the Ancaster resident is thrilled to be returning to the world’s most prestigious dog show for the second straight year.
Lambert is returning with Cecil B. Demille, who is coming off a victory at the Canadian Nationals last summer. He is also a Canadian Grand Champion, as well as an American Champion. Cecil will compete at Westminster with a U.S. title to his credit in 2014. Last year, Lambert took two dogs, Cecil and Foxy Brown, who is sitting out for 2014.
Last year, Cecil competed only as a class dog. Competing as a champion brings added recognition with judges who understand what the dogs go through to obtain their titles. Lambert describes Cecil as a true show dog. He loves to get out in the ring, strut his stuff and hear the applause from the audience.
“Cecil has structure, movement and temperament, all that one could ask for in a purebred dog,” said Lambert. “Last year he was still a bit immature, but now he is in his prime and he, being a true showman, will give it his best.”
Cecil is competing in the hound group. Judging can be seen via live stream on Monday, Feb. 10 from New York City at www.westminsterkennelclub.org. Events will be held at Piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden.
In 2014, Lambert hopes to work on Foxy and Cecil’s American Grand Championship titles. Both have earned their Canadian Grand Championship titles, and have little more to prove in Canada. Foxy could become a mother this year, if all goes according to plan.
“Words can’t express how thrilled and grateful I am to all who have encouraged and cheered us on,” said Lambert. “To be able to live my childhood dream twice in a row is more than I could ever ask for.”
Canada is one of 127 foreign countries that will be represented at Westminster. Canadians comprise 115 entries this year.
Evening competitions will be televised live each night from 8-11 p.m. Eastern time. The Feb. 10 telecast of the hound, toy, non-sporting and herding groups will air in the U.S. on CNBC. Tuesday’s telecast will air on USA Network, including the prestigious Best In Show competition. Best In Show will be judged by Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, TX, who heads a panel of 44 judges from 20 U.S. states and two foreign countries.